The Lithuanian Mob Was Smuggling Cigarettes Into Russia With a Drone
According to the first google result on 'tobacco tax russia' the duty is about $25 per 1000 cigarettes. This is probably inte same order of magnitude as the profit you can make on smuggling cigarettes if you include costs of procuring, distribution and sales. Say a decent autonomous drone with some carrying capacity costs >$1000. That means you have to sell more than 40000 smuggled cigarettes for each drone you have confiscated by the authorities.
I would say that you have to have a fairly decent success rate to 'win' when you are smuggling tobacco into Russia.
Credit Card Numbers Still Google-able
That's amazing. I've got the same combination on my luggage.
A Live Map of Ongoing DDoS Attacks
This interactive map of denial of service attacks seems to deny it's own interactivity by freezing my browser every time I try to interact with it.
Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?
My guess is that books not on specific tools or versions retain their value much longer. Titles like Design Patterns, Network programming, Computer Graphics are more likely to be useful after a couple of years.
Also check if the editions are used in any university courses.
Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language
If you ask a humble question or make a polite request to someone who represents a system (political, corporate, cultural etc.) and get an aggressive response, you have acted politically incorrect.
It's what you say to whom, not how you say it.
Linus Torvalds might be a rebel in the world of tech giants but in the community of linux kernel developers, he is a person of power and should take it seriously when someone points out a problem.
A Database of Brains
If the MRI data is a bit noisy, you could try some Abbie Normalized Convolution.
Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC
Actually, Apple has a lot of fans and they tend to be far from silent.
Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs
Just wait until the robots get unemployed... Then we'll see true unrest and uprising.
Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac
Yup. Representatives from my technology company of choice just knocked on my door. They are coming to chain me and send me to the cotton fields.
Lab Rats Given "Sixth Sense"
Actually Nr.6 is reserved for future use.
Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?
I'm pretty sure it's a simple task to use imagemagick and bash/python/language of choice to make a map of binary differences comparing each image with the results file and with each of the other. Crude attempts to copy the result or another students image should be fairly easy to spot. Also, watermarks or lowering the resolution on the final results file might also help.
Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?
I would say that using Gentoo and doing a stage 1 installation has taught me more about operating systems than anything else.
Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years
The ft ligature looks a bit like its standing out. Like they want their name to be stressed MicrosoFT and you get spit all over your screen.
Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet
I use facebook,g+ and twitter, mostly for maintaining a presence rather than posting personal stuf. But I've discovered that google+ is quite good for sharing images with family and closer friends. The fact that you can can share things with people that doesn't have a g+ account just by their e-mail address means that I can show them whats happening in my life from a single place.
Man Protests TSA With Nudity
Let us declare April 17 as Airport Security Nudity Day.
Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court
Because Apple makes and in many cases retails the end user product. In most countries, either the manufacturer or the retailer is responsible for consumer complaints and warranties.
It's the car manufacturer who is responsible for the faulty floor mat, even if it is made by a subcontractor.
Bringing Auto-Graders To Student Essays
It's only a matter of time before someone writes a tool that generates top grade essays.
The Unspoken Rules of Open Source Hardware
I'm no sociologist, but...
Social groups with something in common usually has unwritten rules that can be summarized as "Don't be a jerk". As the community grows and more people, and therefore more jerks, join. The social control in the group loosens and a bigger need for a formalized set of rules emerge.
I congratulate the OSHW movement for, by this article, taking the first steps towards formalizing their rules, and becoming a more jerk friendly (or unfriendly depending on how you see it) community.
In Hot Water: The Effects of Even Modern Nuke Plants On Water
Well, the stirling engine requires a large temperature difference between a hot and cold medium. And will essentially need some kind of cooling source to operate. Stirling engines usually has a maximum efficiency of ~40% (number grabbed from the back of my head, don't take it too seriously) wich means that more than 60% of the heat energy will end up heating the cooling medium.
Also, the mechanical energy generated by the stirling engine will turn into heat sooner or later due to the grim laws of thermodynamics.
Mozart and Bach Handel Subway Station Crime
It is probably very cheap since the music is public domain and the speakers is probably already in place.
For scientific purposes they should not only compare the classical music with not music but also with a music perceived as crime inducing, such as gangsta rap.
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